Do you deliver a lot of presentations to a variety of audience? Language may sometimes become a communication barrier but with Machine Learning being on the top tech these days and we already had translation and speech recognition services. A Microsoft Garage project combines all of them to present you Presentation Translator.
Presentation Translator adds live subtitles to your slideshow in more than over 60 languages. It is a great add-on for PowerPoint if your audience keeps changing and you deliver presentation and discussions in different countries.
UPDATE: Presentation Translator, a Microsoft Garage Project has now graduated and is integrated natively into Microsoft PowerPoint.
Presentation Translator PowerPoint add-on
Presentation Translator is built on Microsoft Translator API and powered by Microsoft Cognitive Services. It actively uses Machine Learning to teach itself from your voice and speech. If you start using this tool right-away, you can see it improving it over time. Now just live subtitles, there are many other cool features that this tool comes loaded with, read on to find out.
If you’ve downloaded and installed the addon, it is time to get started with live subtitles. First of all, it is required that you complete your actual presentation and then proceed with enabling subtitles.
Just go the ‘Slideshow’ tab and select ‘Start Subtitles’. There is a few information here that you need to specify. Firstly, the language you are going to speak in and then the language in which the subtitles should be displayed. Then you have to choose the recording device and you’d pretty much done.
There is another optional feature called Customize Speech Recognition. If enabled, the translator will go through all your slides and try to get familiar with the content and the technical terms that you may speak during the presentation. I recommend this option as it may take a little longer to setup but ensures accurate subtitles.
Hit the ‘Next’ button and wait for the translator to load and you are good to go. Now you will see a separate subtitle window, you can just speak something to see if it is working. There are a few customizations that you can make, you can choose between different subtitle locations and also customize the font size.
Presentation Translator allows your audience to connect to your presentation in their desired language. This is a great feature and audience not understanding your language can even follow along with your presentation. The tool adds a new slide on top of other slides which displays a QR Code and a Link. The audience can follow any of these to start a translator session in their own language on their own device. You can customize or completely stop subtitles for your audience. You can select ‘Audience Mute’ to no longer show the subtitles or you can lock conversations from Settings to prevent new users from joining your presentation.
Well yes, you can translate your entire presentation without changing any formatting or other settings. You need to select a language in which your presentation currently is and the language you want to translate into. The addon will save a separate file with the changes and the original presentation will not be affected.
After the presentation is over, you can save entire transcript in ‘txt’ format. You can rectify any errors in the transcript and release it for audience’s reference.
This is the best PowerPoint add-on I have ever seen. It is an intelligent use of Machine Learning and Cognitive Services. Although you may find some glitches in live subtitles sometimes, but ensure that you have a good recording device and try to speak clearly. Make sure you add subtitles to your next official presentation.